Monday, July 23, 2012

What’s On Your Mind?

Ladies, do you sometimes find yourselves trying not to think about something, but your mind keeps dwelling on the very thing (whatever it is) anyway?   Do you try in vain to redirect your thoughts away from an issue, but your mind becomes consumed by it?
This has happened to me many times, and it gets to be very frustrating to say the least!  Sometimes I believe the Lord would have us to deeply ponder an issue, such as a decision to take a new job, make a financial investment, go back to school, start a business, accept a leadership role in a ministry, etc.   Things such as these should be considered very carefully and prayerfully.  Yet at times, we may have things to come into our minds that rob us of joy, interrupt our peace, or seriously hinder us from being effective servants of the Lord.
We all have had troublesome thoughts to overtake us; when that happens, what do we do?  A wonderful place to go to get relief from persistent, nagging thoughts is Philippians 4:8.  “Finally,  brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable,--if anything is  excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.”
If we think on these things, then it leaves no room for whatever is untrue, whatever is ignoble, whatever is wrong, whatever is impure, whatever is unlovely, whatever is not to be admired, whatever is not excellent or not worthy of praise.  By the power of the Holy Spirit we can transform what we think about, and what we allow to fill our minds.
 It’s really awesome, that when I think about all of these wonderful attributes in Philippians 4:8, there is only One who fits every one perfectly, the Lord Jesus Christ!!  So the next time your thought life goes haywire, think about Our Savior who has authority over all things.  Remember the apostle Paul’s instruction in 2 Corinthians 10: 5, “……we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”    Everything has to bow to the lordship of Christ….even our thoughts!    Now that’s something to think about!

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